ebook & audiobook
Would you die for the one you love?
Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family’s enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him.
Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family’s sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend… But Trace isn’t ready to give up on a future with Nix–and if he won’t fight for them, she will.
In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . .
Point of view:
1st Person. Alternating perspectives by chapter.
This is book 2 in the Eagle Elite series. Van Dyken has a reading order on her website.
This is sort of like “Empire Strikes Back” you NEED to read it to get the whole picture and to move the plot along and it provides the foundation for some very important future story-lines, but on its own ~ it isn’t a fabulous story. There’s annoying inconsistencies (um, we’re all supposed to be pretending that Trace is dead but you take her to school the next day???) There’s others but it would spoil things and take too long to set up.
I’ve read &/or listened to the whole series several times, but honestly after the first time I skip Elite and start with Enforce and then usually skip Elect and go on to Entice.
I think that Elite and Elect have a distinct YA/NA feel that drops off in the rest of the series. Perhaps that is why, after experiencing the rest of it, these two feel more disappointing.
I do NOT recommend the audiobook for Elite or Elect. Elect is a single narrator despite the alternating POVs and, while I’ve enjoyed Douglas Berger in other productions, he doesn’t do a fabulous job distinguishing between Nixon & Chase other than sometimes Chase’s “voice” is a bit “softer”. Which is ridiculous because neither is a soft/gentle character. Luca sounds like the Count from Sesame Street, not an Italian mobster. Beyond that I loved the Audiobooks so much that I purchased them all.
Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
This is mafia. There are murders, torture, and other violence.
About the author:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and, adorable son.
You can connect with Rachel Van Dyken here:
My Favorite Quotes
I’d die, for you to live. – Elect by @RachVD #Mafia #Romance #EagleEliteTweet
Right. I’m fine, you’re fine, everything’s fine. Oh, look, I think a rainbow’s sprouting out of your ass. – Elect by @RachVD #Mafia #Romance #EagleEliteTweet
I hurt all the damn time because my stupid heart has decided for one reason or another that it can’t survive without being next to yours. – Elect by @RachVD #Mafia #Romance #EagleEliteTweet